The Midland Railway will welcome Metropolitan Railway E Class 0-4-4T No. 1 for the first time from March 26.
It was built in 1898 at the railway’s Neasden Works for use on the Baker Street to Verney Junction line. It became London Transport No L44 in 1933 and was preserved in 1964.
This locomotive recently took part in the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Railway and it was specially restored to run on London Underground for the event. This type of locomotive would not have been seen in the Midlands as they did not venture far from their London home. This is the first time that this locomotive has visited the Midland Railway.
It is planned to run Metropolitan Railway number 1 together with London Transport-liveried Class 20 diesel Locomotive on Sunday and Monday 27/28 March 2016, when both locomotives will be visiting that other Hammersmith at the eastern end of the Midland Railway – Butterley’s line.
Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said, ‘We are delighted to see this marvelous locomotive visiting the Midland Railway – Butterley. It will be a great attraction and we are delighted to see it running. The locomotive is very similar to the Midland Railway locomotives that ran the passenger services on this railway.’
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